1/29 — Friday Fun Reading — 6 links worthy of your attention
1. Bloomberg does a great write up on Facebook’s bold decision to blow up the like button. It takes amazing courage to tinker with something as iconic as the like button. With 6B likes a day, the author compares this experiment similar to messing with Coke Cola’s secret recipe.
From The most drastic change to Facebook in years was born a year ago during an off-site at the Four Seasons Silicon…www.bloomberg.com
2. The importance of messaging apps and its impact to consumer applications is passed the stage of dominance. Chris Messina recently wrote a piece on Conversational Commerce, attracting over 2.5k recommendations on Medium and inspiring a lot of conversation (no pun intended) about the future of e-commerce and the way we interact with technology.
Nearly a year ago today, I wrote a post inventorying the forebears to what I believe has become the dominant trend of…medium.com
3. The Future is near. Forget 2016 — it’s time to start thinking about failure mapping, mini-micro interactions as some of the design predictions for 2017
To architect the experiences of tomorrow, you must first design the interactions of today.medium.com
4. No Parking Here — Mother Jones. “How driverless cars and ridesharing will drastically reduce the number of cars on the road, solve gridlock, climate change, parking congestion, and… possibly cause the total collapse of the North American economy?”
If you drive out to visit Disney's Epcot center in Orlando, Florida, you will arrive at one of the biggest parking lots…www.motherjones.com
5. The FANG playbook — Jim Cramer may have coined the term but Ben Thompson breaks it down into why these 4 mega companies really matter
Jim Cramer, who coined the "FANG" acronym as a descriptor for the high-flying Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google…stratechery.com
6. Ending on a more somber note — On the 30th anniversary of the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster let us remember that what we experience today is largely because of great contributions from people in the past and we see further because we stand on the shoulders of giants…